Phyllis D. Meadows is a senior fellow in the Health Program at the Kresge Foundation where she engages in all levels of grant making activity. Since joining The Kresge Foundation in 2009, she has advised the Health team on the development of its overall strategic direction and provided leadership in the design and implementation of grant making initiatives, health policy analysis, learning and evaluation. Dr. Meadows works across various foundation programs to support the integration of health practice and policy in cross-team efforts, supporting team members through coaching and promoting linkages to a broad array of national organizations and experts in the field.
Dr. Meadows' 30-year career spans the nursing, public health, academic and philanthropic sectors. She has served as the associate dean for practice and clinical professor in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her previous professional experience includes serving as the director and health officer for the City of Detroit. She also has more than 20 years of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, having served as a program director with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in several advisory roles with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and as a board member with the Jonas Fund for Nursing Excellence and the Greenwall Foundations.
Dr. Meadows holds a Ph.D. in Applied Sociology and a Master of Nursing (Community Health) from Wayne State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University. She has been responsible for the design of several nationally and locally recognized programs to improve the quality, practice and accessibility of health services, with a special focus on improving the capacities of leaders and organizations to address the needs of high-need and vulnerable populations and communities.